Alecia Sherbondy became a volunteer with Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania because of the wonderful experiences her troop leaders provided her as a Girl Scout growing up. She remembers the volunteers who worked hard to create memories that would last her a lifetime, and she wishes more people realized how much time so many great people in their communities invest in teaching and providing opportunities to girls.
Alecia has been a volunteer with the Valley Hills Service Unit for nine years. She started out helping with troop meetings as a parent volunteer. The following year, she started a Daisy troop of 25 girls with another parent she became friends with at a Girl Scout meeting. She has held positions including service unit manager, MagNut manager, and cookie manager, and has also helped with service unit finances and served as a delegate. Her family also volunteers with Norwin’s service unit camp every summer at Camp Skymeadow.
Without a doubt, Alecia’s favorite part about volunteering with Girl Scouts is the girls and watching them grow into wonderful young women. She added, “I hope the girls have learned great leadership skills, to be caring and kind to others, and I hope some of my organizational skills rubbed off on a few!”
As a girl, Alecia’s favorite Girl Scout memory is traveling to the Pantages Theater in Toronto, Canada, to see Phantom of the Opera. “It was amazing to travel with my friends to another country and experience such a wonderful performance,” she said. Other highlights of that same trip were visiting Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and a large shopping mall. As a troop leader, Alecia’s favorite memory is a troop outing to Phipps Conservatory and Schenley Park, followed by lunch at the Porch. She said, “it was a beautiful afternoon, and I will cherish that memory forever.”
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